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Qualities of a Spiritual Seeker | Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

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This discourse was delivered by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha ji at a program hosted by ‘Self Enquiry Life Fellowship’, in Santa Barbara.

Swamiji begins this sublime talk by chanting beautiful invocations from Shvetashvatara Upanishad which speak about the imperishable Soul. Explaining the verses, Swamiji says that we don’t have to seek this Soul anywhere outside but only have to look within to discover it.

In this talk, Swamiji discusses the pursuit necessary to attain Brahman or Atma. The focus has to be on acquiring essential qualities which will lead a seeker to his goal.

Swamiji explains that to realise the Atman the Sadhaka needs a personality transformation, so that the constricted mind can experience expansion and liberation from enslavement to the world.

Swamiji takes up the discussion of the four-fold qualities that are important for a seeker of Truth--Viveka (Discrimination between the real and unreal), Vairagya (impersonality), the six-fold disciplines or wealth of Sama (Internal calm), Dama (sensory discipline), Titiksha (forbearance or unaffectedness), Uparati (withdrawl of the mind from the world), Sraddha (giving supreme value to the knowledge), Samadhana (Mind remaining constantly fixed on the Ultimate goal).

In conclusion, Swamiji says that the purification of the mind and the inward movement of the mind will cause an intense yearning to know the Truth (Mumuksha) and ultimately to Realization of the Truth.

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